Foundations of Cognitive Robotics

By Prof. Bishakh Bhattacharya   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 1068
With the rapidly advancing process of inclusion of robots from Industry to the Social Arena, the functional requirement of the robots and corresponding human expectations have increased tremendously. However, in order to fully comprehend the complexities of such robot design, one needs to possess an over-all idea of the field. The objective of this course is to introduce students, researchers to this new field of robotics with the help of illustrative models, facts and relevant theories. The course has been designed by carefully maintaining a balance between biology, engineering and control system design so that it can attract a broad group of people interested in the interdisciplinary field.

Students and industry experts

PREREQUISITES : School level science courses

INDUSTRIES SUPPORT      : Robotics Industry, Neuroscientists, Psychologists, Research scholars in the field of Social Robots
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 4 weeks
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
Credit Points : 1
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 19 Aug 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction 
      Module 1: Introduction to Cognitive robotics and Human Robot Interaction
      Module 2: Smart materials-I
      Module 3: Smart materials-II
      Module 4: Smart materials-III
Week 2: Brain physiology and neural signal transmission 
      Module 1: Architecture of the Brain
      Module 2: Architecture of the Brain (Contd.)
      Module 3: Nerve cells
Week 3: Neural modeling
       Module 1: Introduction to Synchronization Models
       Module 2: Synchronization Models (Contd.)
       Module 3: Electroencephalography (EEG)
Week 4: Intelligence architecture
       Module 1: Theories of Intelligence-I
       Module 2: Theories of Intelligence-II
       Module 3: Kuramoto Model
       Module 4: Child-Robot Interaction 

Books and references

  1. Neuroscience, edited by Dale Purves, et al., published by Sinauer Associates.
  2. How the body shapes the way we think-A New View of Intelligence, by Rolf Pfeifer and Josh Bongard, MIT Press.
  3. Control Systems: Classical, Modern, and AI-Based Approaches, by Jitendra R. Raol, Ramakalyan Ayyagari, CRC Press.

Instructor bio

Prof. Bishakh Bhattacharya

IIT Kanpur
Prof. Bishakh Bhattacharya is Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and currently heading the Cognitive Science programme, IIT Kanpur. His research interest primarily lies in vibration control, structural health monitoring, energy harvesting system, intelligent system design and Child-Reconfigurable Robot Interaction.He is the coordinator of Space Technology Cell, IIT Kanpur and head of the SMSS (Smart Materials, Structures and Systems) Laboratory.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 25 September 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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